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James Baldwin With Dinner

There is not a single thing James Baldwin says that is outdated. All the more is the pity.

James Baldwin With Lunch

Remove the Curse -- The Unjust Peace -- Once And For All

James Baldwin for breakfast.

Today, Dec 5, Is the 66th Anniversary of The Montgomery Bus Boycott

From the Zinn Education Project:

Out of Montgomery’s 50,000 African American residents, 30,000-40,000 participated in the boycott. For 381 days, they walked or bicycled or car-pooled, depriving the bus company of a substantial portion of its revenue.

In order to maintain the boycott, the Montgomery Improvement Association was born. The MIA created an elaborate carpool system, designating 40 pickup stations across town where people could go to get a ride. Police and local whites constantly harassed the car pool with tickets and violence. But the community pressed on.

One of the tactics the city used to try to derail the boycott was to dredge up an old law prohibiting organized boycotts. Hoping to break the carpool system and criminalize its leaders , at the end of February 1956, the city indicted 89 boycott leaders including Parks. As a show of power and support, many boycott organizers, including Parks and Nixon, chose to turn themselves in. . . .

Even after the boycott’s successful end, Rosa and Raymond Parks still couldn’t find work [they had both lost their jobs about five weeks into the boycott] and the family continued to get death threats.

It is important for students to know that the Montgomery Bus Boycott was a demand for much more than desegregation, as described here by Danielle McGuire in “More Than a Seat on the Bus.”

In truth, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was a protest against racial and sexual violence, and Rosa Parks’s arrest on December 1, 1955 was but one act in a life devoted to the protection and defense of Black people generally, and Black women specifically. Indeed, the bus boycott was, in many ways, the precursor to the #SayHerName twitter campaigns designed to remind us that the lives of Black women matter.

In 1997, an interviewer asked Joe Azbell, former city editor of the Montgomery Advertiser, who was the most important person in the bus boycott. Surprisingly, he did not say Rosa Parks. “Gertrude Perkins,” he said, “is not even mentioned in the history books, but she had as much to do with the bus boycott as anyone on earth.” On March 27, 1949, Perkins was on her way home from a party when two white Montgomery police officers arrested her for “public drunkenness.” They pushed her into the backseat of their patrol car, drove to a railroad embankment, dragged her behind a building, and raped her at gunpoint.

Left alone on the roadside, Perkins somehow mustered the courage to report the crime. She went directly to the Holt Street Baptist Church parsonage and woke Reverend Solomon A. Seay Sr., an outspoken minister in Montgomery. “We didn’t go to bed that morning,” he recalled. “I kept her at my house, carefully wrote down what she said and later had it notarized.” The next day, Seay escorted Perkins to the police station. City authorities called Perkins’s claim “completely false” and refused to hold a line-up or issue any warrants since, according to the mayor, it would “violate the Constitutional rights” of the police. Besides, he said, “my policemen would not do a thing like that.”

But African Americans knew better. What happened to Gertrude Perkins was no isolated incident. Montgomery’s police force had a reputation for racist and sexist brutality that went back years, and Black leaders in the city were tired of it. When the authorities made clear that they would not respond to Perkins’s claims, local NAACP activists, labor leaders, and ministers formed an umbrella organization called the “Citizens Committee for Gertrude Perkins.” Rosa Parks was one of the local activists who demanded an investigation and trial, and helped maintain public protests that lasted for two months.

Biden vs Broadband

This bears repeating. Most Americans aren't aware that lack of access to Internet services has long been by corporate design.

One of the most insidious divide and conquer tactics in the corporate agenda to demolish democracy has been to deny telecom & broadband infrastructure to Americans -- block local attempts to establish their own ISP's -- then sit back as yokel radio fills the vacuum with immigration and abortion fear/hate; or narrates socialist commie Democrats' latest attempts to bring down freedoms; or as TV calms them down, reminds them of their 'remedies' for politics and culture wars.

U.S. telecom monopolies have often refused to deploy broadband into low ROI areas, despite billions in subsidization.

from Vice:

A new study by the Institute For Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) took a closer look at the data ISPs submit to the FCC, and found that carriers routinely over-state broadband availability. And because US broadband mapping is comically and historically terrible, it’s often impossible to accurately identify the areas most in need of subsidized network expansion.

The study notes that broadband mapping is so bad, the FCC declares an entire census tract served if just one home in that area can receive broadband. Since more accurate availability and pricing data would clearly illustrate broadband market failures, the broadband industry routinely lobbies against efforts to shore up data collection and publication.

The nation’s six biggest providers (Comcast, CenturyLink, Frontier, AT&T, Verizon, and Charter) have “invested the bare minimum to comply with requirements"

With modern technology, it should be trivial to develop a process that is easy for ISPs to use and less likely for monopoly ISPs to game, but we have not found a single person with deep knowledge of the FCC that believes it will happen in the near future,” notes the group.

Monopoly ISPs then use this inaccurate data to pretend that US broadband is faster and more widely-deployed than it actually is. They also work tirelessly to keep broadband pricing data out of the hands of the public, lest American consumers begin to understand just how soundly they’re being screwed by a broken market.

from Techdirt:


As we've long illustrated, there are two reasons U.S. broadband is expensive, spotty, and slow: regional monopolies and the state and federal corruption that protects them. As we've also noted, community broadband is an organic response to decades of obvious market failure. If ISPs truly wanted to thwart community broadband, they could offer better, faster, more widely available service. Instead, they resort to dodgy games and scare mongering through bogus proxy organizations, all in a bid to protect the broken status quo. And, thanks to their massive budgets, it often works.

Yet there is affordable and fast broadband for local budgets. I hope this is the kind of infrastructure help that Biden's $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is giving for local governments to use. It's hard to unite a big country, but as climate disasters bear down, the Biden-Harris team must fight to get Americans out of the dark that corporations have put them in.


Joy Reid and Legal Expert Elie Mystal SLAM the Conservative Politics of SCOTUS' Six Justices

THE argument against this case overturning settled law.

To define viability with full rights to constitutionally protected "liberty" at the expense of the prior rights of a woman or girl is to define pregnant and unpregnant women or girls as constitutionally unprotected.

With any overrule of Roe v Wade, this SCOTUS, unlike any other, states that constitutional Rights are not protected Rights for over half the U.S. population.


The conservatives on the court... love to wrap themselves in Brown v Board. They love to quote Plessy.
That's one of the anti-abortion world's famous thing they love to go for.

But they're trying to wrap themselves in that because they understand that they are going against the vast majority of Americans' will when they subject women to the vicissitudes of their state and say the states decide what women do with their bodies.


Conservatives want you to think that a fetus that has pre-viability -- means it cannot exist outside of its mother, it cannot live outside of the womb -- has the same, should have the same legal rights as full grown black people in this country.

And that the fact that it doesn't is some kind of miscarriage of justice (no pun intended);
and that the people who shouldn't have the full rights are the women who are carrying the fetus.

Now I can prove that a fetus is not deserving of full personhood rights because if it were, they would be arguing that the fetus can be given citizenship.
They would be arguing that the fetus should be having other rights like a right to education, a right to health care. They would be arguing that I should be able to claim fetuses as dependents on my taxes -- which you'll note, they're not.

Their only concern about the right of a fetus is when that can be used to diminish the rights of women.
And that is what conservatives are all about on the Supreme Court...

Start 3:35

The Judge Who Told the Truth About the Mississippi Abortion Ban


...Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, likely the most consequential abortion case in three decades. The case began as a challenge to the Mississippi abortion ban, and in 2018 landed before Carlton Reeves, an African American judge whose legal opinions—especially this one—are rich in history and disarmingly honest. Reeves struck down the law, as precedents like the 1973 landmark abortion decision, Roe v. Wade, compelled him to do, but then lambasted the Mississippi legislature for trying to justify the ban with reasons that he believed were transparently dishonest.

“Its leaders are proud to challenge Roe,” he wrote, “but choose not to lift a finger to address the tragedies lurking on the other side of the delivery room.” I spoke with Reeves recently, and his opinions out of court are as candid as the ones he delivers from chambers and the bench. “Judges are heroes,” he told me. “But for them I would not be in the position that I am or had the experiences that I did. They have the capacity to breathe life into our rights.”

Under current law, Dobbs is an easy case. In Roe and, almost two decades later, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Court ruled that states cannot ban abortions before “viability” of the fetus—about 23 to 24 weeks—making Mississippi’s 15-week cutoff clearly unconstitutional. Reeves ruled as much and then asked an obvious question: “So, why are we here?”

Rejecting sophistry from the state’s legislators that the ban wasn’t really a “ban,” Reeves revealed the truth as he saw it: The state passed a law “it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades-long campaign … to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.” He then scolded the lawmakers for pretending to care about women’s health and the well-being of the unborn and people of color while having the nation’s highest infant-mortality rate, tolerating “alarming” poverty and maternal-death rates, and curtailing health-care programs such as Medicaid. He accused legislators of perpetuating “the old Mississippi,” the one that didn’t allow women to serve on juries until 1968, the one that systematically sterilized Black women—getting a “Mississippi appendectomy,” it was called—and the one that, in 1984, became the last state to guarantee women the right to vote. He recounted Mississippi’s long history of denying its citizens’ constitutional rights with segregated schools, prohibitions on same-sex marriage, and a “secret intelligence arm” that enforced racial discrimination. Far from helping women and minorities, Reeves wrote, the state still seemed “bent on controlling” them.

Judge Carlton W. Reeves

More from Reeves in
"US District Judge Carlton Reeves calls out Trump – urges other judges to “defend our bench”

Think of the pattern of judicial nominees refusing to admit, like generations of nominees before them have, that Brown v. Boardwas correctly decided. That same Brown which led to Alexander v. Holmes County, which breathed justice into the segregated streets of my Yazoo City. As if equality was a mere political position.


COP 26 Coalition's Vijay Prashard Kicks Some Colonizer Ass Re Climate "Work" and "Cost"

Start 00:29

Rev. William Barber, II: Mr. President...

Tell it, Reverend Barber!


I want to remind the White House to remember that scripture says, "Woe unto those who legislate evil and rob the poor of the their rights and make women and children their prey..."

In every battleground state, if just 20% of poor and low wealth people who have not voted would vote, and be organized together, they could determine every election in this country. That is the sleeping giant that they are literally afraid of...

Mr. President, we want you to succeed and we will stand with you but we need you to fight against the filibuster because the filibuster is being used to fight against us and to bring down the democracy....

You've met with the senators, you 've met with the corporate leaders, now meet with us who make this country run. We need you to understand that something is happening that is trying to deny people the right to vote and deny living wages, to deny the provisions in your own Build Back Better Program. It's all connected, it's not separated...

Republican extremists like McConnell changed the filibuster to put Supreme Court justices on the bench for life, Mr. President.
Now they and two Democrats are using the filibuster to destroy and undermine the life of this democracy and the daily needs of people.
There are three infrastructures -- there is the infrastructure of our daily lives... our democracy... our bridges... technology. And we don't want some of it. We demand all of it.

Mr. President, do you realize that if these plans get passed at the state level, 56 million Americans who used processes the last time in 2020, would be denied their right to vote or their vote would be supprressed... we better understand, this effort is not just an attack on black folk, this is not just Jim Crow, .... it is an attack on the progressive voice in this country. And we have to decide: Not On Our Watch.

The filibuster's being used to block policies that would lift from the bottom... 73 million of the 140 million poor and low wealth people in this country are women?
The filibuster is being blocked by the Chamber of Commerce. And the Chamber of Commerce is also blocking $15 living wages... we need to understand the unholy connection between money and greed and denial of the right to vote.

Mr. President, it's time for you to use all your weight... of the presidency. And if you do the American people will reward you with votes. But if you don't and let them stall your agenda, it will depress the electorate.

Mr. President, it's time to fight.

The filibuster is not constitutional. So you did not swear to uphold it. But you did swear to uphold equal protection under the law for all people. Mr. President, it's time to stand up.

And lastly ... this is a coward filibuster. Even Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond wouldn't use this kind of filibuster... where you hide in an office ... you [Mr. President] can't stand for it because you're not a coward.

It's time to have the fight now while Nancy Pelosi is Speaker. Because if the two senators in your party want to switch, let 'em do it now while Pelosi still has the House...

The filibuster was used to block anti-lynching ... women's suffrage ... labor laws ... civil rights laws ... equal employment opportunity commission ... the Consumer Protection Agency ... The filibuster was used to block the protection of women's health from corporate interference, but the men wanted to keep Viagra in the bill.

There is an unholy alliance between racism and sexism and classism and the pornographic sums of money behind the filibuster, and Mr. President, it's time to stop the cowards from controlling and undermining the country.

21 states with the fewest residents that make up only 11% of the total population can filibuster the whole country. That is not what democracy looks like.

When John Lewis and Martin Luther King were on that bridge, at the end of it, Martin said something, that we very seldom lift up ... this is what he said to Johnson and to the nation and we need to understand this. My brother said this is not just a black issue -- don't you make it that small, don't marginalize this.

Dr. King said, "The threat -- listen, now -- of the free exercise of the ballot by the poor Negro and the poor white masses is what created the segregated society.

The white Southern aristocracy is afraid of poor whites and poor blacks and Latinos coming together.
Because if they can come together and vote they will change the economic architecture of this nation.
That's the fear.

And guess what. We're coming. Like it or not, we're coming. Like it or not, we't not going to stop.
We're going to challenge the president, we're going to challenge the Senate or anybody in our way.

Because the right time to do right is right now! Our voting rights, our voice, our power, our strength, our ability.

We will not be filibustered! Not now! Not ever! Not now! Not ever! Not now! Not ever!


Amen amen, Reverend Barber!! America hears you! May President Biden hear you, also!

This And Every Year, Be Thankful For the Union Label

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